What’s Happening – 7/7 – Our Time Press
SUMMER IN AMERICA
THE NATION: The 4th of July weekend began on June 30 when African-American Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in as the new Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She is the first black woman to join the nation’s highest court since its creation in 1789.
When will Washington negotiate the release of African-American Brittney Griner, WNBA player and two-time Olympic gold medalist, arrested in Russia since February 17 for possession of cannabis oil? The United States claims that she was “wrongly arrested. “His trial has begun. Only 1% of Russian trials end in acquittals. Since May, US media have reported that Russia may be interested in a prisoner swap deal: Brittney Griner in exchange for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout aka “Merchant of Death”. Let’s hope Griner’s July 4 memo to President Biden hastens his return home.
The United States celebrated its 245th 4th of July with fireworks and an orgy of gun violence. There were more than 50 shootings in New York over the holiday weekend In Highland Parkland, a Chicago suburb, a gunman killed 7 people, injuring more than 30, along a parade route on 4th July. In Philadelphia, two officers were injured when gunfire rivaled the sound of fireworks.
Last month, the US Supreme Court struck down New York’s gun law, one of the toughest in the nation, saying the Constitution protects an individual’s right to carry a handgun. in public to defend themselves. It’s not wise in a country that has more guns than people. Where is the United States Supreme Court taking the nation? On a road that will no longer wreak havoc on the American landscape. Over 311 mass shootings have been documented in the United States in 2022!
NEW YORK: The results of the 06/28 Democratic primary for governor, lieutenant governor and members of the Assembly were predictable. Most of the outgoing members of the Assembly have been appointed. Article from THE CITY newspaper, “Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn railed against Brooklyn’s democratic machine. Then She Became It” is required reading about politics and family feuds, the machine against Democratic progressives/reformers who are poised to take the lead in America’s biggest and bluest Democratic county. Democrats cannot afford infighting and losing House seats this midterm year.
ARTS AND CULTURE
MUSIC: I just read in Broadway World that we are due to hold the November 15-27 dates for a jazz-infused retelling of the classic story, SUGAR HILL: The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker, directed by Joshua Bergasse, which celebrates music and the heartbeat magic of jazz in Sugar Hill, Harlem. The production team, led by David Garfinkle, Hello Entertainment, includes Willette Klausner, Bill Strayhorn and Schirmer Theatrical. Strayhorn’s niece, Alyce Cllaerbaut, serves as an executive producer.
TV: Experts say Tara Setmayer will be named permanent curator on THE VIEW when the season begins in September, replacing Meghan McCain. Tara is smart and no longer a Republican or a Conservative, it seems to me.
BOOK NOTES: Ibrahim X. Kendi’s new book, “How to Raise an Anti-Racist,” which is non-fiction about how children of different ages experience race and how racist structures might affect them.
It’s a good thing that Kendi’s new book made it to the NY Times Top 10 Books list at #9. I thought the Republican rhetoric of the CRT influenced the reading habits of the few critical thinkers/readers in the American landscape.
About the NYT bestseller, Viola Davis’ memoir FINDING ME is number 6 and for nearly two months was the only black book on the list.
The 113th National Convention of the NAACP, July 14-22, Atlantic City, NJ.
The National Urban League Conference, July 20-23, in Washington, D.C. will be a hybrid, in-person and virtual event, billed as “the nation’s largest and most influential civil and urban rights advocacy event. in 2022”.
The National Medical Association, NMA, Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly, July 30-August 3, Atlanta, Georgia. The NMA promotes the collective interests of physicians and patients of African descent. Visit NMANET.ORG
The National Association of Black Journalists NABJ and the National Hispanic Association of Journalists are co-hosting a joint annual convention, Aug. 3-7. Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit NABJNAHJConvention.com
RIP: Lawyer, US official Clifford L. Alexander, 88, died July 3. Advisor to US Presidents John Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, Alexander was always on good news and speaking his mind. He was on the staff of the National Security Council. He was the first black to serve as Secretary of the Army. He chaired the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Alexander is credited with freeing the civil rights movement from the streets “into the apparatus of the federal government”. He liaised with civil rights leaders and captains of industry. LBJ called him their race relations adviser. It was one of the facets of Alexander’s remarkable life.
A Harvard alumnus, he attended Yale Law School, worked as an assistant district attorney in New York. He served on the board of Haryou Act, the country’s first anti-poverty organization. Later, he became the prestigious Washington’s first black partner. Law Firm DC, Arnold and Porter. Its roots are the Caribbean and Harlem. Born in New York, Alexander’s father was a Jamaican immigrant. He grew up in the Riverton Houses on West 135 Street and attended private schools. He married historian Adele Logan and they had two children, Elizabeth, the current president of the Mellon Foundation, and Mark, who is dean of the law school at Villanova University.
I wonder what Mr. Alexander is saying about today’s ever-changing America coming back to issues of states’ rights, which he fought to neutralize.
Consultant/griot based in Harlem, Victoria can be contacted at [email protected]